I asked on my Instagram story a few weeks ago for skincare related questions, and the majority of them were ‘How did you clear up your skin?’, so I thought to do a separate post on how I cleared up my skin and then save the skincare Q&A for another day. I didn’t think so many people would want to know how I cleared up my skin, but clearly its an important topic for people and I do think I have some advice to share.
I do have a skincare routine here though, if you want to have a look. Will do an updated one soon though!
For a bit of a backstory before I start talking about how I cleared up skin: I have combination skin, with oily patches on my forehead, temples and chin. My breakouts were mainly large under the skin spots that never came to a head, lasted for a week and then scarred afterwards. Not fun! I was always self conscious about my skin (so much so that I used to airbrush 95% of my Instagram photos, so I don’t actually have *that* many photos when my skin was bad) and used to wear a lot of foundation to cover my insecurities… which just made the problem worse due to dirty brushes etc. My skin from early 2017 to mid 2018 was without a doubt my biggest insecurity.
Now, my skin type is the same but I rarely get large breakouts. I often have a spot or two (just down to my skin type) but nothing half as bad as what it used to be. Plus: my scarring is slowly starting to clear too so hopefully I will have clear skin sooner rather than later.
Here are 5 things that I found helped, and definitely all contributed heavily to how I cleared up my skin. I apologise for how long this post is going to be!
Contraception affects your hormones, and hormones directly affects your skin. This means that more often than not, hormone imbalances are the cause of any ‘monthly’ breakouts around your chin and jaw area. If you are a female reading this and not on any contraception, I would recommend going to a doctors appointment, discussing your concerns and potentially being prescribed contraception for hormone imbalances (although bare in mind this could come with a lot of other side effects… do your research).
This wasn’t my situation, and instead I was already on contraception when my skin starting going crazy back in 2017. I didn’t link them together, but I found that when I changed contraception from the implant to the IUD, my skin cleared up massively and has been pretty much clear ever since. This implies that it was my hormones that were a huge cause in my spots, and therefore coming off it is such a big factor in how I cleared up skin so quickly.
I could go on all day about skincare products etc, but at the end of the day contraception is a huge factor in how I cleared up my skin. I wasn’t sure whether to mention it, but regardless of the fact that it is a taboo topic, it needs to be discussed.
- Have a skincare routine and stick to it
I used to have no interest in skincare routines. I used to make sure I took off all of my makeup at the end of the day (I have never slept with my makeup on… even when drunk!) but I never really bothered with much more of a skincare routine. I think that this was because I have felt like I had tried so many different products and ‘nothing was working’, so I lost interest completely. This is such a bad mindset to have, and they probably won’t working because I had barely tried them.
I would recommend starting off with a super simple skincare routine, getting used to doing it every evening and then build more products into it over time. Here is an example of my skincare routine:
- Liz Earle cleanse and polish to remove makeup.
- Ole Hendrickson Dark Spot Toner (a wonder product!)
- Pixi glow tonic serum
- A moisturiser of choice- my favourites include the lush, Pixi and temple spa ones.
- Pixi glow tonic to freshen the face.
- A light moisturiser with SPF underneath my makeup.
I find that this skincare routine is perfect for me, and making this a staple part of my morning and evening routine really helped speed up how I cleared my skin.
- Masks are important!
I always used to think masks were something that were only done at sleepovers, and I have memories of being about 12 and always having a very sticky £1 peel of facemask because we all thought we were ‘cool’. Thats enough to scare anyone off, and I didn’t really start using facemasks again until last year.
I was very kindly gifted the 10 minute mask in an origins PR packages, and after using it only once I noticed SO MUCH DIFFERENCE IN MY SKIN. Thats when I started to realise that facemasks were actually a crucial part of my skincare routine, and I have been using them regularly after that. They really help to pull any dirt out of your pores, prevent clogged pores and also make my skin look and feel so glowy afterwards. I always tend to schedule my facemasks around my timetable, and aim to do them the night before an event to give my skin the boost it needs.
I can’t really recommend any because everyone’s skin types are different, but it is worth tying a few different ones and see what helps your skin. the origins one that I mentioned earlier is definitely a catalyst in how I cleared up my skin… and I have repurchased it twice since!
I have a confession to make… I am a bit of a camel. I always forget to drink during the day, and when I do it is usually tea or coffee, so not much pure water is consumed. This is obviously going to impact your skin, and I think drinking so much coffee at college definitely impacted my skin in a negative way.
Around 6 weeks ago now, I bought a reusable water bottle. I was conscious that I needed to drink a lot of water on holiday because of the heat, but didn’t want something that wasn’t eco-friendly as last year I ended up buying so many single use water bottles on holiday. I bought a reusable water bottle from Matalan, it was super cheap and also has the times of day on it, which is really handy to track how much you have drank.
Since aiming to drink 2-3 of them bottles a day, I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin on both my face and body. To be honest, I don’t think that drinking more water has helped clear my skin of breakouts, but I have noticed a definite difference in how my skin feels and looks. It definitely feels more healthy and feels so much softer too which, in conjunction with the other tips, makes your skin look amazing.
- Sun (if possible!)
Scarring is one of my biggest skincare concerns, as even though I have been able to clear my skin up massively over the past 6 months, my scarring has remained. The Ole Hendrickson Dark spot toner has definitely helped with the scarring, but some of the stubborn ones have remained and even though I had no active breakouts, it still meant I didn’t want to leave the house without face makeup.
I am by no means advocating being a ‘sun worshipper’ or using the sunbeds, because they are so unhealthy for you and can increase your risk of many sinister skin related diseases and infections, however I think that pushing yourself to get outside in the summer and aim to wear no face makeup will definitely help clear up the stubborn parts of your skin that are still marked.
Whilst I was on holiday, I wore no face makeup everyday (and very minimal most nights) and I found that by allowing my skin to see the sun, it started to clear up the scarring. I don’t know how it works, but I definitely know that is one of the ways how I cleared up my skin and got it to a point where I am happy to go out with very minimal face makeup on now.
Wow… that was a long blog post. I hope it was helpful to see how I cleared up my skin, and hopefully offer some tips or products that might work for you. I am by no means fully confident in my skin and I still get some breakouts, but overall I am so happy with the difference in my skin and I hope it only continues to get better. If you want anymore skincare posts please let me know!
(Some items in this blog post were kindly #gifted but all opinions and photos are my own. Anything marked with * is an affiliate link.)